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Grateful Dead Live at Capitol Theater on 1970-11-08

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Grateful Dead Live at Capitol Theater on 1970-11-08

Topics Live concert

Dire Wolf, I Know You Rider, Dark Hollow, Rosalie McFall, El Paso, Operator, Ripple, Friend Of The Devil, Wake Up Little Susie, Uncle John's Band Morning Dew, Me & My Uncle, Mystery Train-> My Babe, Around & Around, New Orleans-> Searchin', It's All Over Now Baby Blue, Casey Jones, Truckin'-> Dark Star-> The Main Ten-> Dancin' In The Streets, Not Fade Away-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> Not Fade Away-> Good Lovin'-> Drums-> Good Lovin'

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Capitol Theater
Location Port Chester, NY

Source Audience - Ken & Judy Lee
Lineage Dynamic Mics > Sony TC124 (AudMC) > Tascam 122 MK-III > Lucid ADA1000 > Tascam DA30-II (DAT) > Tascam CDRW 700 > CDR > EAC > SHN
Taped by Ken & Judy Lee
Transferred by Noah Weiner


This is a patched fix for the most recent upgrade of this show, put into circulation by The Port Chester Resurrection Project (

Re-editing by - Noah Weiner (Dec 2004 - March, 2005)

AudMC cuts patched via crossfade with alt version:

-I Know You Rider (patch covers cut 03:52 - 04:45)
-It's All Over Now, Baby Blue (patch covers cut 03:03 - 03:07)
-Truckin' (patch covers cut 05:56 - 05:58)
-Dancin' in the Streets (patch covers cut 06:17 - 06:37)

All track ID's that needed adjustment got it.

MD5's are separated out by band. Please note such that the files named as gd1970-11-08d3 are actually Disc 4 of this entire set.

Technical Notes (from shnid=26975):
The original audience master cassettes (4 Ampex C361-90) were recorded on a Sony TC124 with unknown dynamic mics, spread approx. 25-30 ft. across the balcony, by Ken & Judy Lee,. The cassette tape was baked and re-shelled, then transfered via Tascam 122 MK-III > Lucid ADA1000 > Tascam DA30-II (DAT) > Tascam CDRW 700 (CDR) by John Jay Hance. Editing by Peter G. via Soundforge. No noise reduction was applied. Audio extraction and further editing via Peak 4.0, compressed to .shn with xACT 1.3, and seeded by BoldCaptain via Azureus 2.1. Tape flutter in Baby Blue, and in Truckin'. Tape flip in Dancin' In The Streets was was seemlessly pieced together.


Reviewer: glynspsa - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 28, 2015
Subject: Despite Jennident
statemnet this is in fct a grateful dead show with a NRPS set after it. Buy a Dead base it will save you looking like a fool. I can not confirm def but nobody can find me NRPS doing dark star. This show by the way a 5. if it were NRPS it would still be a 5. Ignore people that do not even know what they are talking about. why review something if you are ignorant of it.
Reviewer: linc_blot - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 9, 2014
Subject: what a show!
phenomenal top to bottom. the baby blue is other worldly.
Reviewer: chris phillips - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 7, 2014
Subject: desert island
This Dark Star is the epitome of splendor. 1970 has the very highest level Jerry Garcia!
Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 12, 2013
Subject: Yeah, whatever
OK, gotta revise this.

I now say that this is actually a great show, but there's better recordings...
Reviewer: kumachandai - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 9, 2013
Subject: Thanks!!!
This was a wonderful treat to listen to. This show, though from a different audience source, was one of the first Live Dead tapes I collected! So great to listen to this show, again, with a far superior quality!
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 6, 2012
Subject: --
All the 5-star reviews are all you need for this one - yes, it's a 1970 AUD, so take that into consideration - but I have absolutely no problem sinking into this recording - one of the very first to turn me on to the true splendor of AUD recordings.

Most times I'll say that it isn't what the Dead played so much as it is how they played what they played. In this case, just check that 2nd-set setlist - by the time the band is deep into the Main Ten and into that crazy Dancin' Stars jam, I find myself truly emotional - the combination of the fuzziness of the recording, the bass, Jerry's notes piercing through - it all is so evocative of an old time, childhood, what you will - extraordinary, a real trip for the senses, the emotion, the ol' private memory bank.
Reviewer: falomarcdawg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 13, 2012
Subject: Dead Saturday
Perfect show for a lazy saturday afternoon, just let r play and enjoy the many gems hidden in this flashback to 1970
Reviewer: chardromes - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 4, 2012
Subject: Marquee at the Capitol Theatre
Reviewer: dtzcuzn - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 4, 2012
Subject: Wow,this IS nice!
This is a really nice sounding show.You must take in the year,the recording technology available at the time and this really does hold up.Yes it does get distorted at times during the the real loud & intense parts,but I've heard much worse tapes thruout the years so I won't complain.The acoustic set is the gem of sound here.The first thing I listened to was "Operator"(LOVE,LOVE,LOVE this song!!!),and I was hooked.Vocals are clear and it just shines!After that I had to d/l this.

The odd choices of cover songs is really cool,"My Babe","New Orleans" just let you know the band was here for a long good fun time.And to top it off the New Riders set is a blast.Any NRPS w/Jerry is always welcome,so the more,the better.

What it would have been like to have been there,but i was only 7 at the time,but I can kick back and listen & dream..........
Reviewer: firethestill - - May 4, 2012
Subject: Howd I ever miss this one??
Just got home from the "W" word and turned on my new cable internet and first thing went to archive to download a new show and found this one! Dloaded it in about 5 minutes. Started listening to the show and found myself with tears streaming down my face during the ripple. This show happened when I was a whopping 6 years old. 6 years before cousin Mike turned me on to the DEAD and a few of lifes other fine tasty experiences. I have always kind of focused on the 77 shows because that was the first time I ever saw a show...and I always kind of liked the 1980's shows because I followed them around the west for a while back then. But now here I am in 2012 listening to a great 70's show and even though I have heard hundereds of them, I feel like a brand new man listening to this. Praise GOD for the DEAD...still giving after all these years. I cant rate thes how yet...but I ca say this. I aint goin anywhere tonight.headphones and an adult beverage and I am good to go.
Reviewer: johnzias - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 30, 2012
Subject: A Great Show!
A lot of the recordings of this era do not translate the awesome power of the GD at this time. I also have found that many younger heads don't seem to want to go as deep as the music requires.

I saw 18 shows in 1970, some of the best that I'd witnessed over 27 years. There are parts of this show that are sublime, like the Main Ten Jam where they nurse it for a while before they explode into brilliant sunlight. Also the Dew. A lot of the covers were fun one-offs, but not the highlights, for me at least.

Love this show, love Marty's recording!
Reviewer: Pangolin22 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 18, 2011
Subject: A very special show
While this may not be the best acoustic set of the year there's no denying (or possibly there is, according to some of the reviewers below)that this is a very special show. Aside from the incredible acoustic set, the electric set that follows is truly amazing in itself. The song selections are unusual and great fun (Mystery Train-> My Babe for example) and the Dark Star-> The Main Ten-> Dancin' In The Streets is absolutely out this world.
Best of all, I now have a downloaded copy! Thanks for posting this treasure.
Reviewer: direwolf600 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 17, 2010
Subject: LESH69 is stupid
Nice show, eh to the AUD
Reviewer: scum beat - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 9, 2010
Subject: wow !
I believe in this 1970 show they outplay any of the '77 shows that are so high up on people's best of list. They have 7 year's less material to work with, but still plenty to play -- and their playing is phenominal!! What heart. Among EVERYTHING else, check out the New Orleans > Searchin'... "been searchin" Love it!!
Reviewer: dfire - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 9, 2010
Subject: happy camper
I just found this site and this show, I'm equally stoked about both thanks to everyone who is making it possible for the world to continue to enjoy THE DEAD!
Reviewer: enardi - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 27, 2010
Subject: baby blue!
great aud! yes the morning dew is amazing; infact the whole show is but what is even more astounding here is the 11 minute long it's all over now baby blue. check it out.
Reviewer: morningdewstone - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 24, 2010
Subject: The Main Ten
The Main Ten jam has to be related to Crosby's "What are their names" tune, don't you think? Great show.
Reviewer: cacahootie - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 30, 2009
Subject: Beautiful
This is a great '70s show. I've long been a fan of the early dead, having got my (far too late) start on Live/Dead.

This is a jewel of the time period. Highlights include Baby Blue, Rider and Morning Dew. The show has a great feel, delicate and precise. The slower tempo of the evening really brought out a lot of feeling in the songs played. The set list really matched the feel of the evening. I love it when that happens.

NRPS at the end is very cool, although I wouldn't have expected a short NRPS at the end of a long Dead set... but then again what do I know (very little).
Reviewer: Ken Lee NYC - - December 21, 2009
Subject: Glad to have been there.
So great to hear music from places we couldn't go.
Glad to hear the our taper descendants are still carrying the torch,(and mikes, media, batteries).
When Judy and I realized how much MAGIC was going down every night, only to evaporate as our ears stopped ringing, we made the decision to record these otherworldly experiences as best we could.
So we began at the end of the 60s and caught what we could for posterity, never dreaming of the web and all the people that would end up listening to our work for, well, forever, I hope. As long as we don't totally screw up the planet.
We're still out there, going to shows and keeping the light glowing. "Unable to walk, I will crawl, crawl, crawl..." Well, with a broken back, I'm not shaking my bones the way I could, but I'm still smiling.
Glad to have been able to turn you on to our stuff, we've got hundreds of tapes to go with big plans for the coming new year.

Ken and Judy Lee
Reviewer: ACIDIC_GROOVE - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 30, 2009
Subject: 4 stars
Reviewer: TrumpetHead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 9, 2009
Subject: Friend of the Devil jam
sugarees- at 4:20ish of FOTD jerry plays the guitar intro of Mississippi John Hurt's "Stack O Lee" and then stop because they apparently havent figured out the words yet.

killer show.
Reviewer: karmicg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 1, 2009
Subject: Another Version??
First, I have to say it is so encouraging to see other Heads who agree with what I have always thought, that this is the finest Morning Dew (and one of Jerry's finest guitar solos, period!) that the Dead ever performed. One of the great shows, maybe even my favorite to listen to given the vibe, energy, song selection, etc.

Now since the late 70's I have had a cassette copy of much of this show that is a far superior recording. It is a stereo audience that was dubbed from a reel to reel copy that I was told was a first gen copy, making mine a second gen. The highs and lows are vastly superior to any other copy I have heard circulating. The only problems are that there are many cuts and glurps in the recording, it seems the taper stopped and started his rig after every song, (Baby Blue is particularly butchered) and it completely runs out at the beginning of Dancin', and is only the electric set (it starts about a minute into Morning Dew). Also, there is hilarious audience bantor throughout. Despite the flaws, I think the recording is a gem because it TRULY feels like you are in the room when you listen to it. Has anyone else come across this version? If it has not circulated, I will try and post on the Dime to get it out there.
Reviewer: lilbrian - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 17, 2009
Subject: wow
i sure wish i coulda been here:)
Reviewer: tallmarc - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 15, 2009
Subject: All Hail the PCRP
Almost 40 years ago, the recordings here have been treated so kindly. The reverent reproduction, splicing, tender care of these tapes resulted in aural ecstasy for so many. A thousand thanks to the Port Chester Resurrection Society.
Reviewer: PrimalXDead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 8, 2009
Subject: Constant Dream Come True
This site is a non-stop dream come true! I have been a trader for years, and have been also onto this site for a couple years, but with each passing day I find more gems of what I was always trying to get my hands on (and this is certainly one of them!!!) So, many thanks for each and every show that finds it way on here.

Being a late arriver to the show (never having the chance to see Garcia with the group) I have always preferred the early years (if Pig's not in the lineup...even if he is not doing anything but waiting to come on stage to ain't the same to me).

Thanks again for all the work to keep this site going.
Reviewer: cwswiha07 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 6, 2009
Subject: Awesome
This is a fantastic display of the band's ability to segue in and out of songs and back into them again. The solos are pure as the driven snow. Some of the best and tightest Dead out there. For and Aud I give this one an A+. Download this baby before it disapears.
Reviewer: oldhead21470 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 12, 2009
Subject: What a weekend!!!!
I was fortunate enough to be at every show during this run at the Capitol.
I remember that there was a bomb threat called in and the fire marshal got on stage and told us that we all had to leave so that they could search the building. After the search they had no choice but to let everyone in. The theater was packed to the rafters. I remember Garcia and Weir saying we know that you're in here (referring to the person that called in the scare ) and they thanked the person.

The exit doors on the fire escape were open and we were dancing out in the alley of the theater and on the fire escape.

These shows were simply the greatest experience a person could hope for. It was a four day party. At the time I couldn't imagine it ever ending. The music was insane and the boys were just having a ball.

I had this show on a Maxell tape for years and ultimately lost it. I was so happy to find it here on the Archives site.

I have loved the Dead since I first saw them on 2-14-70(hence the user name)although I was hooked on Anthem, Aoxomoxoa and Live Dead before I ever saw them. Nothing in my life has ever touched the experiences I had at Dead shows(except for the births of my daugters).

These shows on the Archives web site whether Audience tapes or sound boards are like mana from heaven and should be cherished. Nothing will ever come around again that can compare to the total package that a Dead show could offer.

For sure there were nights that didn't hit the heights but all in all there was no place I would rather have been than at a Grateful Dead concert.

I will always remember the joy and exceptional vibe that came with a show.

I don't miss them because they are right here on the Archives site.

God bless the people that make this happen.

As for a rating of this show, for pure entertainment I give it a 10 but since 5 is all there is so be it. 5 it is.
Reviewer: sugareesalibi - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 10, 2009
Subject: Come On Friends...
This is one of my favorite shows (no, not one of my favs. from '70, one of my favs. overall). does anyone happen to know what tune they start picking at after Friend of the Devil? they start to play something at the 4:18 mark and then stop, stating "this one hasn't passed the hotel room stage yet".

any ideas anyone?
Reviewer: skullsnroses - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 28, 2008
Subject: This will be Released
This is as good as DP #8. The crowd is probably a lot of the same people. Everybody is having more and more fun as things go on. This AUD really puts you in a VIP seat. This is the yin & yang of archives shows. Please keep this show to yourself... if you can! This is a pile of gold I want to take a bath in it. By the end of morning dew I was ameoba headed... riding and gliding as things get tighter and faster until the inevitable flash bang poof and I am up out of the bottle. Grant me three more wishes master... I'm yours. Be careful what you wish for you might just get it, and then get it again and again. I think there at least 4-5 songs which will be the best version you can ever recall hearing (unless you keep a journal which i don't).

I would pay the 1970 ticket price right now just for the Baby Blue. Please take heed and stop searching 1977...this is the Promised Land.
Reviewer: Norman Clegg - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 9, 2008
Subject: ....what a show, what a show....!!
On a whole, I prefer the show on the 6th to this one, but this night was indeed magical. There's not much left to say after all the other reviews, but I MUST single out the INCREDIBLE "Dark Star" > "The Main Ten" sequence.

This is my favorite "Dark Star" of all: just the right length and full of outerspace weirdness. This reading of "The Main Ten" is absolutely spine-tingling; it sounds like the band is channeling some other world. You just GOTTA hear this, gang!!

Very nice AUD recording, capturing an astounding evening of music!!
Reviewer: BVD - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 8, 2008
Subject: YES
Yes that is NRPS w/ Garcia on pedal steel...Wow great show great venue great sound for an AUD. Thanks Archive!
Reviewer: lanzarishi - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 9, 2008
Subject: converted
holy shit, when i started downloading, i only wanted electric experimental space music from 1970 downward. I cannot believe where I've come. This NRPS stuff is AMAZING! (if that is in fact who it is). the point being - I now love it all! Electric and Acoustic Dead. I mean, Aoxomo and WD are phenomenal but I got off the boat when American Beauty came out. Too slow, too easy, too...shit! I might even love this stuff more now than the electric dead from '68. I even went as far as downloading shows from 77. I now make this pronouncement - The Grateful Dead are the present day Avatars of our time. All they bring is Joy and Light to all who are receptive enough. I even figured out that Weir's voice is AMAZING!! (will never like the chuck berry crap filler).
Sorry to rant but I had to. Please forgive me.
Reviewer: Musical Mountain Man - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 20, 2007
Subject: Great show
Great energy and great sound. I love the sound of the crowd in these vintage shows and this is one of the best. Amazing quality for 1970 with the NRPS added bonus.

My favorite: as Pigpen walks on stage to sing Operator with the crowd shouting out requests, one person in the audience shouts "Play whatever you want!" The vibe of this show is evident in the musicianship and the crowd energy. Definitely one of my Top 10.
Reviewer: Brontis - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 21, 2007
Subject: Nov.70 Port Chester -- the best...
Long-time Dead FREAK.

The Nov. 70 Port Chester's are among my VERY favorites.

Nov. 5 and 6 are the best, but this show, Nov. 8, has the best sound quality, and also has some exemplary moments:

Morning Dew.
Undoubtedly my ALL-TIME favorite. Better than FE 4/28 and 4/29.
Absolutely magical. "PASSIONATE" Dead at their best.
At this point in their career/lives, they were like a fine Cabernet. Mellowed with age.

Jams from late 68/early 69 are arguably the high points of the band; but late '70 --exemplified by the Portchester run -- are a rival.

Perhaps it was the brush with real-life tragedy, as Phil reports in his book, that occurred this year.
Whatever. These shows are special. If only there were soundboards available...

Also noteworthy from this night (11-8): Baby Blue and Good Lovin.

Reviewer: Active8Now - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 11, 2007
Subject: Really plugged in
All you need to know about the sound quality is it doesn't spoil the music.

This is a special concert. Garcia's guitar is plugged in somewhere up God's end of the universe and in the best parts you can just feel the well-being coming through. For example, Mountain Dew, The Main Ten, Dancing Jam. Sit back and enjoy.
Reviewer: oldbozostillonthebus - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 8, 2006
Subject: Thanks Ken and Judy
The other day my 25 year old daughter asked me what was the first show you and Mom went to Dad? After I told her, she sent me the link to the site. Listening to the show brought back some terrific memories. To me the sound is great, although, I still listen to the boys on bootleg vinyl a couple times a week. Also, I remember this to be a great venue.
Reviewer: Sy Kadelik - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 8, 2006
Subject: Do the Dew !!
Back in the early days of "underground" FM radio, DJ's took great liberties in what they played on air. In New York City we had John Zacherle on WNEW-FM, who loved the Dead. Most of you are probably familiar with his band intro of 2-14-70 at the Fillmore East. Anyway, on his late night radio shows, he'd occasionally sneak in some bootleg Dead songs. This became so common, that I'd sit around waiting to hit the "record" switch on my trusty reel-to-reel to acquire some of those tasty treats. He would never tell you any dates or anything, just blow you away with the cool stash he had access to. Well, since late '70, when he played and I recorded this Morning Dew, I've been trying to locate it's date and source. 36 years. Turns out the copy I had was a Marty Weinberg copy. This one is SO MUCH BETTER!! This site is a treasure
To me, this is THE Dew. I know everyone has their favorite, but this is mine. Jerry's guitar tone, his phrasing, his volume control are sheer beauty. The solos are staggering, and the building intensity near the end of the song, when Billy and Mickey kick the beat into double time - that's just magic. The chord changes right there are unique to this version too. Of all the Dews I've listened to in my 57 years and thousands of hours of tapes, I've never heard another played like this.
As for the rest of the show, it's like this : GET IT. Besides the Dew, you need this show (Ken and Judy Lee version) because : The recording is so clean; look at the rarity of the set list; the energy in the performances; disc 4 has Jerry on Pedal Steel with The New Riders, how cool is that? If you ever witnessed him with them, you know what I'm saying. Great show, great audience recording.
A big Thank You to the Archive, to Ken and Judy Lee, and to the Port Chester Project for preserving history. Thank You to Jerry, Bob, Phil, Pigpen, Billy, and Mickey for making history.
Reviewer: geolectro - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 15, 2006
Subject: that tease
That tease is "Stagger Lee" by Mississippi John Hurt. You can find it on his 1928 Okeh Recordings cd, or maybe even here in the 78 rpm collection. Also, i think this is the finest version of Rosalee McFall that i have heard. Great picking, by god. 5 star for fans of old aud tapes, couldn't even guess for anyone else.......
Reviewer: jeffsetz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 15, 2006
Subject: wow!
Here's a show that I've been waiting patiently to surface in listenable form. Back in the early 80s, someone sent me a 45 min chunk of this show and it was terrible sounding. Out of the blue, I discover this version. I normally avoid old audience recordings but someone recommended I revisit this show. So glad I did. This is the real deal. I wish all auds sounded this good. On top of 3 discs of Dead music, the NRPS set is included, which also sounds really good.
Great job on cleaning these tapes up. Thank you!
Reviewer: NowWePlayForLife - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 3, 2006
Subject: Solid
This is definitely a solid show to pick up (actually, it was my first). The El Paso here is probably the slowest, best feeling out there, IMO. Also check out that second set! Incidentaly, does anyone know what that little tease after FOTD is? Jerry says something like "That one hasn't passed the hotel-room stage...we don't know all the words."
Reviewer: Extinguiderm - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 28, 2006
Subject: Stop the stupid clapping...
Wow - what an awesome flashback. I _used_ to have a cassette of this that I got way back in '78 or so, from my friend's sister's boyfriend. With the guy clapping off-time in Ripple and right next to the taper a guy goes "stop the stupid clapping". I guess you have to hear it, it's pretty funny. But not on this recording, maybe the other version here on LMA.

And now I get to hear the whole Godzilla quip as well... I can't believe how good this sounds; this has always been a killer and it's really worth it. Such a 'living room' feel to the acoustic portion (except for the aforementioned clapping).

Thansk to LMA for hosting these wonderful slices of Americana. A must have.

Reviewer: Cliff Hucker - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 1, 2006
Subject: C'mon guys!
This is a classic!
Reviewer: Mohawk Nation - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 24, 2006
Subject: Rare Kick in the Ass
Gotta love it when they go into the really quiet "gong jam" right after the first verse of Dark Star and some guy has obviously had enough - he yells, "C'MON!!!" at the top of his lungs and the crowd cracks up. That's probably why the boys then head off for 10 minutes of mind-crushing feedback - just to pay the guy back.....

Overall not a bad AUD and the setlist is outstanding. If you like the Dead you need this show.
Reviewer: Finster Baby - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 9, 2006
Subject: Newbies
Like this show alot. Sound is good and the set list is quirky too. Mainly I just wanted to say: Back off the newbies at the bottom of the page. Honestly, anyone that thinks this isn't the Dead has to be a newbie. Cut 'em some slack. We were all in that boat at some point. I can recall in my earliest days of listening that for quite a while I thought that Jerry was the rhythm player and not the "lead". Also, at the time, when all I had to listen to were the albums (wasn't yet hip to tapes) I thought that Otis of Reckoning fame was actually a member of the band. What an Ass I felt like when my friends laughed at me about these blunders. So give 'em a break. Try to educate them, the way somebody showed you the light way back when.
Reviewer: DEADBUCK - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 30, 2006
Subject: RIght!
Dont know what the hell all the tech stuff means but you did a pissa job fixin this one...sounds great to me....gotta go....gotta a push the DL should too.
Reviewer: gphishmon - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 29, 2006
Subject: Can't download or listen
When I download it, I get an htm page in about 0.5 sec. When I try to listen to it, I get endless buffering. If whoever uploaded it can fix it, I'd sure appreciate it. From the reviews, it sounds like a must-have. I'll give it 4 stars on faith.
Reviewer: familiarfan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 25, 2005
Subject: Goin' down the road
It seems like the less perfect the 1970 goin'down the roads were the better off the listeners' who can identify.
Reviewer: dr. flashback - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 19, 2005
Subject: Top Ten!!
Well steal my face and call me Bozo, this show just made an AUD tape lover outta me!!
I had seen this show mentioned around for years on the boards, and of course it's high up on the Deadbase survey list for 1970 as well. But hey, who has time for AUD shows when there's so much SBD to grab?? (he said foolishly). After reading the reviews of this new remaster from the Port Chester folks, the old Dr. decided to take the plunge and DL this monster.
So I load up Set One in my WAV player and click on
FOTD. I was stunned! Speechless! The clarity of the vocals and acoustic guitars is amazing. I would have never believed an AUD from 1970 could sound this good. Okay, so maybe not quite up to the Holy Grail of 8/6/71, but close. REAL close. A big hats off and a pass of the pipe to the Port Chester group. But of course it helps to have a great source recording to start with - which this is.
The acoustic set features some fairly rare items - a slower El Paso, a beautiful Rosalie, and an even rarer Operator. The FOTD and Uncle John are stellar, and the Ripple really sweet. Well that's about the whole set isn't it - hell they're ALL good here. The band is in a good mood and it comes through in the singing.
Set Two finds them trying out some different material, since no doubt they played almost everything they knew the previous 4 nights here. Kind of a laid back set if you can dig it, with lots of Garcia doing bluesy jams in the middle section - which is mostly instrumental. The Morning Dew is a real standout though, very strong. And the rare Baby Blue make this a very enjoyable set overall.
Okay, put on your space helmets Cadets, and get ready to obtain orbit, cause the last set is not of this world!!
A great Truckin (still a new song here) kicks it off, and then a seamless segue into Dark Star. First, some nice spacy jamming with Jerry offering all 64 Crayola colors in an ever-changing sound collage that's on the mellow side. Then after the verse - look out!! They go immediately into a long Feedback-like weirdness section, led mostly by Mickey and Bill on percussion FX. At the beginning during the Gong jam, someone in the audience contributes some bird calls - which temporarily breaks the spell and Bobby jokingly admonishes the crowd to "be serious". Priceless!!
Warning - this Dark Star is a bit harsh if you're not into electronic effects. Very similar to the Caution>Feedback jam of the 9/20/70 show. But I like it, call me a freak. You'll find it hard to believe this is the same band that played Little Susie an hour ago!! Finally Phil and Jerry enter the fray, and morph the jam into a fine early Main Ten (read Playin) jam. And the Dancin is just over the top, with Jerry delivering some scorching leads.
The rest of the show is so hot it's beyond description. Suffice to say that Pigpen brings it all down to earth with one of the best Good Lovins of the year. Those lucky few who were at this show really got their money's worth, and probably their lives changed as well!!
This one went right to the top and rang the bell for me. A Top Ten for sure, with the acoustic set, a fine shining example of what the Dead could do in 1970 when the force was with them.
Suggestion - put this AUD show on a good stereo, tweak your EQ a little, esp. the bass. Turn out the lights - no ALL the lights. Turn on your surround sound and light up a bowl of Cheerios. I guarantee that by the 3rd or 4th song - you'll feel like you're IN the audience!! A great experience and a must have show for fans of this period.
Dr. Flashback :-)
Reviewer: jammy - favoritefavoritefavorite - November 14, 2005
Subject: soundboard snob
Great playing, great song selection, marginal sound. For 1970 it is a excellent audience recording, but not good enough for me to listen to many times. It is more than just 'historical interest' as it is listenable. But even this version just doesn't make it for me. When it gets loud, it gets distorted. The quiet parts are OK. As noted below the Dark Star->Main Ten->Dancin is superbly done. Dew, oh wow. Mystery Train->Oh Babe, New Orleans->Searchin', what a show. The concert gets a five, the sound gets a two. Average out at three.
Reviewer: A Dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 29, 2005
Subject: This 2005 restoration is the best version
I did a comparison of this version and the other recent version (the "Owens" version) and this one is much better (my review is over on the page of the Owens version in order to let people know to get this version instead!).

You can verify this yourself very easily.

On this page, stream the VBR M3U and go to the third track "I Know You Rider". At 03:52 in that track, there was a problem with this Ken & Judy Lee tape, so it is patched for a minute with... the Owens version. I guarantee you will say "Bleh!" at 03:52 :) . This will show you how much of an improvement was accomplished in this restoration.

So, download this March 2005 Ken & Judy Lee version, and rest easy that you have the best version of this fine show!
Reviewer: BornCrossEyed42 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 28, 2005
Subject: wow
id give this show a 6, 7, damn maybe even a 10. the dark star>main ten>dancin and all of that.. like someone else said- its epic.
Reviewer: capn doubledose - favoritefavoritefavorite - October 26, 2005
Subject: Wonderful
One of the best Dews, and that whole jam out of the main ten is epic - This is long and a milestone show. Need a better copy though.
Reviewer: VA slim - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 22, 2005
Subject: probs. DLing d1t10--FOTD
i was DLing a track at a time and i'm not able to snag the friend of the devil on d1...great show; just a heads up. i had to use another source just for this song. no other probs.
Reviewer: Matty Kid - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 28, 2005
Subject: Great
This show is superb all around. Great vibes and a sick setlist. There is some NRPS in the second half, but they are pretty damn good as well. Not sure how anyone wouldn't give this show a 5 1/2
Reviewer: outkast - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 19, 2005
Super high energy show,Love it.!!some of the reviewers are spending more of there time reviewing eachother rather than the band,Kinda like I just did. BUT THE SHOW WAS KICK ASS AND THATS ALL THE EVER MATTERS!!
Reviewer: tivo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 11, 2005
Subject: Rock'n Roll!!
This show is a GEM; a wonderful show from start to finish. These audience recordings are so much listening fun! They really put you there in the theatre with the freaks! I love it!
Reviewer: secret8476 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 9, 2005
Subject: Great past 92
Just a note to that Lesh guy down below , if you think there arent any shows beyond 1992 worth listening to , then i feel sorry for you because you are cutting yourself off from some really good stuff.
Just like ANY year the dead played, there were great nights and shitty nights...great tours and shitty tours...and great years and shitty years. But you cannot look at the Hell Tour of 95 and say , yep - what a shitty era , the band didnt come out with anything at this time.
Unbroken Chain mean anything to anyone? I guess not. A new reworked version of Schoolgirl in 95 , and many of the best refined versions of new songs like Corinna and So Many Roads can be found in 95. Let alone highlight shows from other years like 94 Deercreek - The Help>Slip>Frank is one the most mind blowing experiences you can listen to from a 90s show. Im not lying , check it out , it will leave your head spinning.
<3 the dead and what they did in the sixties
<3 the dead and what they did in the seventies
<3 the dead and what they did in the eighties
the 90's are no exception. There are real gems to be found all throughout the half decade.
Reviewer: samson - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 4, 2005
Subject: YESsss!!!
DAMN!!! Great show from start to finish! Lovely acoustic set. Very nice, one of the last...Electric is where its at! Early Around and Around, New Orleans, fun Searcxhin...Dark Star > Main Ten...does it get better than this. Nope! Add in a rare Baby Blue and you gettin there! No complaints about the performance. Dark Star may scare the hell out of you if your not ready for it!
May not be one to share to that first time listener due to sound but it is good enough to share with no one but yourself...something to put on in the dark and just sit back with a SMILE!!! And it will make you smile its that good!! Thanks GDIAP and Archive- keep 'em coming!!!
Reviewer: flashbackmagic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 4, 2005

If you cannot tell that its jerry singing right off the bat in Dire Wolf, with the rest of the boys behind have some serious issues to work out. That, or you are the president of the Brittney Spears fan club,and havn't come out of the closet yet.
Reviewer: JRimLik - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 4, 2005
Subject: Get It
I agree there is some his but I will still take this over the last "upgraded" AUD I got 4 or 5 years ago. This is my 5th copy of this since '82 and I'd say the best. Well worth the download.

To the poor misguided soul who thinks this is the NRPS, please, please seek professional help. And did someone actually think the Dead had a song called "Wake of the Flood"?! I spent a good deal of my touring career hoping to hear that song live one day, as well as St. Stephen, Dark Star, and Box of Rain. I never saw HCS, but 3 out of 4 ain't bad. And someone out there doesn;t even realize the name of the song. Unbelieveable. I was done seeing shows well before they did Unbroken, the Touch of Gray era told me it was time to get off the road. All the BS with vending and gatecrashing they dealwt with in the '90's was unthinkable back in the early/mid-'80's when I was touring. Let alone the pure insanity of the '95 tour, that was sickening to read about. After reading Phil's book it sounds like they were pretty horrified watrching all that creap go down from the stage. I have yet to hear a show after '92 worth listening to anyway.
Reviewer: phleshy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 3, 2005
Subject: Good copy, but...
I think that the first AUD on this site is better than this one. It may not be as loud and present as this, but it is clearer and has almost no hiss. This copy has a considerable amount of hiss. However, this copy appears to have the first notes of Dark Star while my copy has them clipped, and that's good.

BTW, what is up with this guy saying there is no Dead on this copy? Huh?!?! Drugs?! If you smoke so much that you think that the Dead are the NRPS, you need to go cold turkey. Fast.
Reviewer: jennident - favorite - July 2, 2005
Subject: Not the Grateful Dead!
I don't know if it is just me, but this whole show is The New Riders Of the Purple Sage. I was quite dissapointed because the set list looked awesome. But for it being The New Riders, it is a good recording.
Reviewer: cheyler - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 1, 2005
Subject: Show 4 : Sound 2.5
I have not a/b'd this source with the Owen Bros. source but if I recall correctly, that one doesn't really measure up to this one. I'm so glad to have a nice even source for this show instead of the patchwork quilt that has been circulating. It doesn't take much, but once your ears adjust you are in for a nice long evening with the Grateful Dead in the fall of 1970. I have no difficulty recommending this source over all the others. Keep 'em coming, PCRP! By all means, also download the upgrade of 06-24-70... And folks, not to nit-pick but it's DEFINITELY, not definately. :]
Reviewer: skwimite - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 30, 2005
Subject: Atypical
This show is unique for alot of reasons. Last acoustic set until 1980, final Operator, final Little Susie, final acoustic Uncle John, and the electric set is chock full of oddball stuff, and the melding of tunes not usually played together. That alone would be enough reason to DL this show, but the fact that, for an audience recording of this vintage, it sounds as good as it does, really makes it a must. It's no 8/6/71, but damn, you got to love the dedication that went into this effort. It's very listenable, and I'm a SBD snob. And the Baby Blue is one of the best. Thanks folks.
Reviewer: Tampa Red - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 30, 2005
Subject: No song, just an album...
You must be thinking of Here Comes Sunshine, which begins with the line "Wake of the flood"; there is no Dead song WOTF, just an album title. Oh, and this show has never sounded better, by the way.
Reviewer: Shaggy_Bugga - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 30, 2005
Subject: Hell Of A Set
Another great set from 1970. My hard drive is quickly filling up with the Grateful Dead but it's worth every gigabyte! Was wondering if anyone out there could point me to a good version of China Doll and Wake of the Flood. Haven't come across any performances of Wake of the Flood anywhere. Did the Dead ever even play that one live? God Bless The Grateful Dead!!!
Reviewer: Skippy61 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 30, 2005
Subject: what fun!!!!!
Man !!! I LOVE this site and those that upload these shows a thousand blessings on all!! I check this site all the time and i am never disapointed by the quality and diversity. I mostly get Dead shows and yet again a GEM. The sound is good the setlist so cool obviously an early show and Pigpen is on fire!!
Hell the band in general is on fire. Once again i am
streaming and D/Ling at the same time. Get this show!! Once again thanks so much for this site
Reviewer: darkstarpat - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 29, 2005
Subject: finally, decent quality
A thousand thanks to whoever cleaned this show up. I've been waiting for a long time to hear a (somewhat) clean version of this killer show. The electric set starts off with a bang, with a superb Morning Dew. The masterpiece, however, is the Truckin through the Good Lovin. They're all playing so hard on these jams. The Main Ten comes out of a some crazy space jams in Dark Star, and winds its way around into a bouncing Dancin' Jam before Billy and Mickey hammer them into the song. Kick ass jamming on this Dancin. One of the best from this year. Check out how hard they're playing on this Not Fade Away.
Killer show. Finally in decent quality.
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